Tom Hardy to lead in Sony’s “Venom” movie

By Creative Media Times

Tom Hardy (by Tim Cornbill)

“Zombieland” director Ruben Fleischer is also set to direct the Spider-man spinoff. Sony Pictures took to Twitter to post the announcement and start of production this fall, with a picture of Hardy himself wearing a Venom shirt.

The English actor was last involved in a comic book movie in 2012’s “The Dark Knight Rises,” where he played another supervillain Bane. He recently reunited with that film’s director Christopher Nolan for this July’s “Dunkirk”.

Similarly, this is not the first time that Venom’s character is getting a cinematic treatment. He was the main villain in 2007’s Spider-Man, where he was played by Topher Grace.

In the comics, the character debuted in 1998’s The Amazing Spider-Man #300. Originally conceived as a supervillain, the symbiote sentient alien character has since evolved into an antihero. David S. Goyer originally planned a similar motion picture production before the film rights went to Sony.

According to Exhibitor Relations, Venom is slated for October 5, 2018 release.